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For First Nations, the high incidence of diabetes is a heavy burden. In fact, the Public Health Agency of Canada reports that up to 17% of First Nations individuals suffer from this disease compared to 5% in the non-Aboriginal population. The good news is that even though diabetes can be serious, the condition can also be managed. Monitoring and controlling blood sugar levels is a key element of lifelong diabetes management. Today, First Canadian Health offers those living with diabetes a new glucose monitoring tool, the SPIRIT meter and test strips. Anyone can buy the SPIRIT meter and know that 50% of Spirit Pharmaceutical's profits from test strips will go directly to programs that help educate and control diabetes in our communities - vital projects like school breakfast and sports programs. These initiatives will help First Nations take control of their own wellness, and may help reduce the potential impact of this chronic disease. For more information on SPIRIT meters and test strips contact First Canadian Health at (855) 902-6216.

SPIRIT Meter

SPIRIT Meter

The First Canadian Health SPIRIT meter is a simple, no-coding meter, which calculates and displays the averages of total test results, pre- and post- meal test results from the last 1,7,14,30 and 90 days. Ideal if you need to test frequently or require alarms to remind you to test at meal times.

SPIRIT Test Strips

SPIRIT Test Strips

Use with the First Canadian Health SPIRIT meters. These strips do not require coding, speeding up and simplifying the testing process. Easy and accurate testing – no coding required. Very small sample of blood (0.5 micro-liters of blood). Rapid test result in less than 5 seconds. Long shelf life (2 year expiry from date of manufacture)

Lancets

Lancets

First Canadian Health lancets are designed to minimize pain. Being a 33 gauge lancet means they are finer than a 28 or 30 gauge, and therefore, less painful. First Canadian Health 33 gauge lancets are available for purchase from pharmacies, and they may be used with other lancing devices.